Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 10:28 am
Children with tuberculosis sleep outside at Springfield House Open Air School in London in 1932. Like sanatoriums, these schools offered TB sufferers a place to receive the top treatment of the day: fresh air and sunshine.
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You probably don't think about tuberculosis much. Why would you? The number of cases in the U.S. is at an all-time low.
But TB has returned with a vengeance in some parts of world, and there have been some troubling outbreaks here at home, too.
Many of the cases come with a deadly twist. They're resistant to standard drugs and can take years of painstaking treatment to bring under control.
Russia is confronting one of its most serious public health threats since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The threat is tuberculosis, but with a dangerous twist: Strains of the bacteria are widely circulating that are resistant to ordinary anti-TB drugs, and far harder to cure.
In parts of Siberia, nearly 30 percent of all tuberculosis cases aren't treatable by two of the most potent medications, the World Health Organization reported last year.